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Desdemona's Loyalty In Othello

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In William Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’, he characterises Desdemona’s character to demonstrate her faithfulness towards Othello, so deeply that she endures her unjustifiable death in silence. Shakespeare weaves the theme of loyalty and lack of throughout his play to demonstrate the tragedy of Desdemona’s sincerity. Desdemona’s devoted loved for Othello had blinded her to willingly hand her soul into his hands. She saw Othello as a superior being to her, as she perceived him to be greater and most noble, degrading herself allowing him to take her last breath. In Shakespeare’s play he conveyed that by Desdemona behaving and obeying to societal norms she ultimately motivated Othello to doubt her resulting in her fatality.

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